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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is looking to give 2 percent pay raises to public school teachers in exchange for increased flexibility to fire educators deemed incompetent on their performance reviews. (Associated Press)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is looking to give 2 percent pay raises to public school teachers in exchange for increased flexibility to fire educators deemed incompetent on their performance reviews. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.